University College London (UCL)
CIEE Arts & Humanities Program
About the Program
CIEE and University College London have partnered to give students access to this modern, outward-looking institution, committed to engaging with the major issues of our times. UCL is among the world's top universities, as reflected in performance in a range of rankings and tables. 21 Nobel prizewinners have come from the UCL community. 38% of UCL students come from outside the UK, attracted from nearly 140 countries around the globe.
UCL was founded in 1826 as a radically different university, opening up English higher education for the first time to people of all beliefs and social backgrounds. UCL is the oldest and largest member of the University of London federation. Often described as a “university within a university,” it is among Britain’s most diverse and prestigious institutions. It was the first to admit students regardless of class or religion and to admit women on equal terms with men. Many academic subjects were taught in the UK for the first time at UCL. On the thirteen-acre campus in the Bloomsbury area of central London, many new buildings surround the beautiful original college building and complete its quadrangle plan.
Studying arts and humanities in London, a hub for the arts, education, finance, and more, is a no-brainer. With a population of more than 8 million, London, the capital of both England and the United Kingdom, is a true cosmopolitan melting pot known for its theater, entertainment, fashion, history, pubs, museums and markets. As Carl Gobey said, "Everything is here – different nationalities, different people, different styles and fashions. Anything you want to be, any life you want to lead: You can find it."
One of the world's largest financial centers, London houses the headquarters of most of the UK's top 100 listed companies and more than 100 of Europe's 500 largest companies. London boasts four World Heritage Sites - the Tower of London, the historic settlement of Greenwich, the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew and the area comprising the Palace of Westminster, Westminster Abbey and St. Margaret's Church.
- 3.3 CGPA
- Completion of 3-4 courses within the chosen field or department of study.
- **Students should seek input from a study abroad advisor when completing their CIEE UCL application and essays**
- **Students should complete the secondary application for their back-up study abroad program at the same time as the CIEE UCL application**
Fields of Study
Students may select courses, known as modules, from within the following departments: Arts and Humanities, Bartlett School of Architecture, Building, Environmental Design, and Planning, Engineering Sciences, Life Sciences, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, Social and Historical Sciences.
Higher Education in the UK is based on a system of lectures, seminars, tutorials and primarily self-directed study (meaning independent research). Undergraduate degrees normally take only three years to complete in England.
Unlike in the U.S. liberal arts system, you will find your British friends will generally be taking “modules” (classes) only in the department of their specific “course” (major). Because British undergraduates started specializing in their major during secondary school, there are rarely courses offered at what U.S. students think of as 100-level.
Teaching is done primarily by lecture, sometimes supplemented by small group supervision sessions called tutorials. Because of the emphasis on independent study, you may find you are in the classroom less in the UK than at Tulane. Assessment will vary from department to department, even course to course, and may be based only on one final exam or project; it can also include your participation in tutorials, and/or a few assignments throughout the term or year so check with your professor to find out what is expected. Do yourself a favor and don’t skip classes, even though they may not be part of your final grade. Students who attend the lectures and tutorials tend to do much better on the final exams (which can be your only grade for the class!).
Institutions vary on when their exams are given; some wait till the end of the academic year, but others now give exams at the end of each semester. If exams happen each semester, they will be given after the holiday break.
Reading lists will be given with syllabi on the first day of class. There can be up to 100 books on the list but don’t panic! You will not be expected to read everything on these lists. They are a guide for your independent research and reading. There are not usually required textbooks, so you will most likely spend more time checking out books and periodicals from the library instead of spending lots of cash on books.
In consult with a tutor within your chosen department, most students will schedule 4 classes per semester. While academic year students are privileged with the ability to take all courses within their major department, the Office of Study Abroad recommends taking at least one course outside of the department. UCL also offers courses on contemporary London that may help students become acquainted with the city. Tulane students should indicate this on their initial application to UCL.
University College London (UCL) occupies a compact area surrounded by academic and professional institutions with parks and museums on its doorstep. You will be able to integrate with local students through UCL's large and diverse student union, a focus of student life that includes over 120 union-affiliated clubs and societies and a volunteering services unit
Get to know local customs and culture by living with international and British students and getting involved with some of those cubs and societies, including those focused on culture, sports, arts, religion, media, and academic major. The groups have access to meeting rooms, rehearsal spaces, and a resource center on campus, and the performing arts societies may perform at UCL’s own West End Theatre. Through Host UK, you can arrange to spend a weekend or a holiday with a local family.
Through CIEE you can travel to another part of the United Kingdom – in England, Wales, Scotland, or Northern Ireland – for an overnight trip that includes a number of group activities. In London, you’ll visit key landmarks, such as the Houses of Parliament, the Tower of London, or the British Museum, and attend local community events, sporting events, concerts, the theater, and more. Plus, you might take a street art tour of East London, discovering the work of more than 40 street artists in the process.
UCL is a city university, which means that the living will be different than the campus-like atmosphere at Tulane. UCL residences are in London. You may be placed anywhere from 5 minutes to 30 minutes away from the university buildings, maybe even further, in dorm-style residences.
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